Wildlife interactions

At Huon, we have extensive experience in managing interactions with marine wildlife around our operations. This includes carefully managing our interactions with threatened and protected species.

We recognise that waters around the proposed leases include a diverse range of marine and bird species. In particular, we have taken steps to responsibly manage the potential for interactions with shark species and birdlife in the area.

We monitor all wildlife interactions, which then informs the steps we take to better manage those interactions and maintain a high level of protection for both our stock and other species.

Furthermore, all Huon employees are trained to ensure they are aware of all relevant wildlife management and government protocols.

Managing our interactions with sharks: Our revolutionary pen design is at the core of our approach to managing interactions with sharks. In addition to world leading barrier protection both above and below the water, our rigorous approach to pen cleanliness prevents our pens becoming a source of interest for marine wildlife. Denying sharks access to our stock through our pen nets, which are made of a Dyneema-like material (also used in bullet proof vests), and efficiently servicing our pens will decrease the potential for our operations to be seen as a food source.

Managing our interactions with birds: Moving leases offshore will locate them further away from key bird habitats such as Cabbage Tree Island. Additionally, our revolutionary pen design has been developed to enable an effective barrier to entry for birds and to deter birds from resting on our nets. Our operations will also be carefully managed to minimise the potential of light disturbance to any local bird species.

Huon Aquaculture Marine Fauna Interaction Summary

Report period Observations while travelling (to and from Lease) Observations around Marine Aquaculture Research Lease (in and around Lease area)
Start Finish Humpback Calf Dolphin Seal Observations Humpback Calf Dolphin Seal Observations Nature of interactions Entanglements Comments/Tasks carried out
30/01/2017 12/02/2017 1 74 Minke swimming past lease 12 Nil Feeding and Pen Maintenance
13/02/2017 26/02/2017 69 6 Nil Feeding and Pen Maintenance
27/02/2017 12/03/2017 23 0 Nil Feeding and Pen Maintenance
13/03/2017 26/03/2017 15 15 Nil Feeding and Pen Maintenance
27/03/2017 9/04/2017 24 0 Nil Feeding, Bathing and Pen Maintenance
10/04/2017 23/04/2017 8 9 Nil Feeding and Pen Maintenance
24/04/2017 7/05/2017 17 17 Nil Feeding, Bathing and Pen Maintenance
8/05/2017 21/05/2017 36 11 Nil Feeding, Bathing and Pen Maintenance
22/05/2017 4/06/2017 4 1 29 5 1 6  2 Grey Nurse Sharks seen by diver swimming past pen Nil Feeding, Bathing and Pen Maintenance
5/06/2017 18/06/2017 3 3 2 Nil Feeding and Pen Maintenance
19/06/2017 2/07/2017 1 2 12 Nil Feeding and Pen Maintenance
3/07/2017 16/07/2017 16 2 2 Pod Nil Feeding, Bathing and Pen Maintenance
17/07/2017 30/07/2017 4 1 6 1 Nil Feeding and Pen Maintenance
5/06/2017 18/06/2017 3 3 2 Nil Feeding and Pen Maintenance
19/06/2017 2/07/2017 1 2 12 Nil Feeding and Pen Maintenance
3/07/2017 16/07/2017 16 2 2 Pod Nil Feeding, Bathing and Pen Maintenance
17/07/2017 30/07/2017 4 1 6 1 Nil Feeding and Pen Maintenance
31/07/2017 13/08/2017 1 1 Nil Feeding and Pen Maintenance
14/08/2017 27/08/2017 2 1 1 Nil Feeding, Bathing and Pen Maintenance
28/08/2017 10/09/2017 Nil Feeding and Pen Maintenance
11/09/2017 24/09/2017 Nil Feeding and Pen Maintenance
25/09/2017 8/10/2017 25 6 55 1 1 Minke 3 1 82 2 Nil Feeding, Pen Setup, Stocking
9/10/2017 22/10/2017 22 2 13+2 Pods 2 5 3 Nil Feeding and Pen Maintenance
23/10/2017 5/11/2017 5 2 5 Nil Feeding and Pen Maintenance
6/11/2017 19/11/2017 Nil Feeding and Pen Maintenance
20/11/2017 3/12/2017 Nil Feeding, Bathing and Pen Maintenance
4/12/2017 17/12/2017 pod Nil Feeding and Pen Maintenance
18/12/2017 31/12/2017 Nil Feeding and Pen Maintenance
01/01/2018 14/01/2018 1 3 5 x Grey Nurse Sharks Seal on walkway. Sharks between nets Nil Feeding and Pen Maintenance
15/01/2018 28/01/2018 2 2 2 x Whaler Sharks Seals feeding on fish. Sharks inside net Nil Pen repairs/feeding after storm event
29/01/2018 11/02/2018 pod 1 x Great White Shark Shark around Pen 1603 Nil Feeding and Pen Maintenance
12/02/2018 25/02/2018 pod 10 2 Seal on walkway Pen 1603 Nil Feeding and Pen Maintenance
26/02/2018 11/03/2018 pod 2 x Whaler Sharks Removed from Pen 1601 Nil Feeding and Pen Maintenance
12/03/2018 18/03/2018 26 15 1 x Bull Shark Diver observation on outside of pen Nil Feeding and Pen Maintenance
19/03/2018 25/03/2018 1 Seal on empty pen Nil Feeding, Bathing and Pen Maintenance
26/03/2018 08/04/2018 Pods of 50 60 4 1 seal around pen Nil Feeding and Pen Maintenance
09/04/2018 22/04/2018 29 1 1 seal around pen Nil Feeding and Pen Maintenance
23/04/2018 06/05/2018 235 8 1 (observed on lease) 1 seal around pen Nil Feeding, Pen Maintenance and bathing
07/05/2018 20/05/2018 1 East of lease Nil Feeding, pen maintenance and moorings
21/05/2018 03/06/2018 4 1 20 Whales breached east of lease 1 5 1 seal around pen Nil Feeding, bathing and pen maintenance
04/06/2018 17/06/2018 9 1 150 East of lease 9 2 20 13 Whales 100m off pens 1 seal around pen Nil Feeding, bathing and pen maintenance
18/06/2018 01/07/2018 22 40 East of lease travelling north 4 1 seal around pen Nil Harvest
02/07/2018 15/07/2018 15 70 On way to lease 1 1 Whale near NW special mark 1 seal around pen Nil Pen maintenance
16/07/2018 30/07/2018 3 On way to lease Nil Site maintenance
31/07/2018 12/08/2018 2 In Providence Bay Nil Site maintenance

Please contact us for data from September 2016 up until the start date of the table above.